Please understand the justice of God in this situation. When this passage talks about the people who don’t know God, it literally means, to know by observation.
For instance, I know about Abraham Lincoln, but I can’t say that I know Abraham Lincoln. That’s what it’s talking about. It means to know God – not simply to know about God. These are people who don’t want to know God.
They’ve heard about Him. They just don’t want to get to know Him, and they sure don’t want to obey the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are people who have made a conscious decision not to obey the Lord or the Gospel.
This theme will be developed later on in the Word of God, but for now, I want you to realize that when the Lord returns, there will be two groups of people on the earth. There will be those who have decided to serve the Lord and those who have decided not to serve the Lord. There isn’t going to be anybody who doesn’t know about Him – no middle ground.
Why is Paul telling us all this? The answer is found in the very next verse.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 1:11-12
We have a purpose to fulfill. He wasn’t telling them this just to give them more information about Christ’s return. Too many Christians have made studying the Lord’s return an end in itself.
The fact that we know Jesus is returning should spur us on to do the work that He’s called us to. We need to be found fulfilling the call of God prompted by our faith.
That’s what God wants for us. Paul is explaining to these people that they need to be ready for the Lord’s return, but more importantly, they need to be fulfilling their call in Christ.
Don’t just hide under a bush and say, “I’m waiting for Jesus to come.” We know there are people who’ve done that throughout history. Many people have set dates for the return of Christ.
Then they went out and sold everything they had. They ended up sitting on a mountain in white clothes just waiting for Jesus. They sat on that mountain for a while until they realized that Jesus wasn’t going to come at that time.
We’ve got to learn that same lesson. Yes, Jesus is coming, but we don’t know when. So we’ve got to do what we’re called to do until the day that Jesus Christ returns.
Question: What is God calling you to do in these last days before His return?
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